- The Abilene Christian
men's and women's basketball teams will hit the road this weekend in
search of their first Lone Star Conference victories. Their quest begins
Saturday night at Eastern New Mexico followed by a Monday stopover at
All four games will be broadcast locally on KSLI 1280 AM with ACU sportscaster Grant Boone handling the play-by-play
duties. Saturday's broadcast begins at 6:25 p.m. CT/5:25 MT. Monday's starts at 5:25 p.m. CT.
Wildcat teams were left reeling following a pair of disappointing home
losses Tuesday night to West Texas
A&M. The women's team (3-4, 0-3 LSC) lost 80-61 despite receiving 22
points from the conference's leading scorer Mack Lankford (19.1), while
the men (5-4, 0-2 LSC) rallied all the way back from an 18-point second
half deficit only to fall 61-58. Zach Williams
led ACU with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Mustangs' men's team - ranked 24th in the nation - remains the lone
unbeaten team in the conference at 8-0
and are 3-0 against league opponents. Two of those wins took place this
past week as MSU dispatched both Angelo State (65-61) and Incarnate Word
junior guard JaMichael Rivers was named the conference's Offensive
Player of the Week for his role in
the Angelo State victory, scoring a season-high 30 points, including 12
in the final eight minutes that helped MSU erase a 53-41 deficit.
State is first in the league with a +18.2 scoring margin and ranks
among the top three in several
defensive categories, including rebounding margin (+9.2), blocked shots
(4.4) and scoring defense (59.2). And despite shooting just 44 percent
from the field, the Mustangs' offense ranks second only to Eastern New
Mexico with 77.5 points per game.
The Greyhounds enter the week with an overall record of 8-3 (1-2 LSC) and recently scored their first conference
win Thursday night after beating Angelo State, 71-62. Reggie Nelson, the league's leader with a .463 3-point field-goal
percentage, led all players with 20 points and eight rebounds.
along with teammates Stefan Mirabal and Tralyn Harden are all ranked
among the conference's top-ten 3-point
shooters, and have propelled Eastern to a No. 1 conference ranking with
84.5 points per game. The Greyhounds also have hit the century mark
three times this season, dropping 110 on Southwest New Mexico, 107 on
Oklahoma Panhandle and 104 on New Mexico Highlands.
At the same time, however, Eastern ranks last in scoring defense with 75.4 points allowed per game with opponents
shooting 43.6 percent from the field. The Greyhounds are also second to last with a -1.2 rebounding margin.
their male counterparts, the Zias (2-7, 1-3 LSC) are off to a slow
start and mired in a three-game losing
streak in which they're averaging 39 points per game. The Zias' 31
points Thursday night at Angelo State was their lowest of the season and
marked the second time this year they've been held under 40 points (L,
33-54 at New Mexico).
Precious Herrin ranks second to Lankford with 18.4 points per game, but
the Zias are shooting just
35.8 percent from the field as a team and are at the bottom of the
conference in scoring offense with 55.1 points per game. Eastern has
been especially helpless behind the 3-point arc with a .212 shooting
percentage (22-of-104), and is also last in terms of
rebounding (-3.6) and turnover margins (-4.56).
Midwestern State women's team has won four of its last five since
starting the year 1-2 to begin the weekend
at 5-3 (2-1). Earlier in the week the Mustangs rebounded from a 64-58
loss at Angelo State with a 68-50 thumping of Incarnate Word, in which
four players scored in double figures led by Kirsti Degelia's 11 points.
Mustangs have just one player (Savannah Carver) ranked among the
conference's top ten scorers, but remain
its leader with 78.5 points per game and are fifth with a .403 shooting
percentage. They also rank third in 3-point accuracy (.353), and are
first in steals (12.3) and turnover margin (+7.38).
The Wildcats will be off from action for several days due to the Christmas Break
following this weekend's series.
The men return to Moody Coliseum Friday, Dec. 30 for a 7 p.m. game vs.
Dallas Baptist, while the women head to West Texas for its annual
that will pit the Wildcats vs. Shaw (Dec. 28) and Southwestern Oklahoma